The 2nd Penang Bridge Ramp collapse

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THE PENANG SECOND BRIDGE

The Penang Second Bridge (Malay: Jambatan Kedua Pulau Pinang) is a new bridge under construction in Penang, Malaysia. It will connect Batu Kawan on the mainland Seberang Perai and Batu Maung on Penang Island.

To reduce the cost of construction, its design was then modified to resemble the first cable stayed Penang Bridge.

(Wikipedia)

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“Right now we are preparing the charges. Once that is completed, we’ll have to discuss it with the public prosecutor to get consent,” he said.

Star

Saturday July 6, 2013 MYT 7:47:21 PM

Penang ramp collapse: Investigations complete, contractor negligence to blame, says Dr Johari Basri

A file picture of the collapsed Second Penang Bridge ramp.

A file picture of the collapsed Second Penang Bridge ramp.

KUCHING: Investigations into the collapse of the second Penang Bridge ramp, which caused one death, has indicated “shortcomings” by the contractor, said Occupational Health and Safety director general Datuk Dr Johari Basri.

“We have concluded investigations. We have identified some of the shortcomings due to negligence by the contractor,” Basri told a press conference here.

Although Basri was circumspect when pressed for details, he did say the shortcomings involved both “procedural and technical” aspects.

Penang ramp collapse: Investigations complete, contractor negligence to blame, says Dr Johari Basri

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Star

Friday June 28, 2013

No go without safety report

By KOW KWAN YEE
kowky@thestar.com.my Photos by ZAINUDIN AHAD

THE contractor of the collapsed ramp linking to the second Penang bridge will have to submit documents to the Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) to show that it has carried out precautionary works before the stop-work order could be lifted.

Council president Datuk Patahiyah Ismail said Cergas Murni Sdn Bhd must submit a safety report prepared by the Department of Occupational Health and Safety and other relevant documents to prove that the structure is safe for construction works to continue.

“There is no deadline given for the contractor to submit its application for the stop-work order to be lifted.

“The most important thing is to make sure the site is safe before we lift the order,” she told the media after chairing a full council meeting at Komtar in Penang yesterday.

Freezed: No work is allowed at the second Penang bridge flyover ramp in Batu Maung due to the stop-work order issued by MPPP Freezed: No work is allowed at the second Penang bridge flyover ramp in Batu Maung due to the stop-work order issued by MPPP

No go without safety report

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Malaysian Insider

Malaysia

Family of collapsed bridge victim to meet JKSB

June 13, 2013

GEORGE TOWN, June 13 — The family of Tajudin Zainal Abidin, the victim of the ramp collapse of the second Penang Bridge, has planned to hold a meeting with the project developer, Jambatan Kedua Sdn Bhd (JKSB), over the tragedy.

Tajudin’s brother, Khairudin, said they had set a date next week for the meeting.

“On the advice of our lawyer, we want to meet with JKSB first before taking any legal action. If I am not satisfied with the discussion, then I will take the matter to court,” he told reporters after receiving a visit from Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya at Tajudin’s house in Permatang Damar Laut, here, today.

Also present were Tajudin’s first wife Shara Ismail, second wife Shariffah Ramli, and their children.

It was reported that Tajuddin’s family was considering taking legal action against JKSB and its contractor Cergas Murni Sdn Bhd, for being negligent on the the bridge’s Batu Maung interchange project.

Family of collapsed bridge victim to meet JKSB

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Malay Mail

Delay anticipated in penang second bridge completion following ramp collapse

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 – 14:51
Location:
GEORGE TOWN


COMPLETION
of the RM4.3-billion Penang Second Bridge faces the possibility of a delay following Thursday’s collapse of a ramp, but Jambatan Kedua Sdn Bhd (JKSB) said it expects to keep to the schedule.

JKSB construction director Mohd Ashari Alias said today “we could face the possibility of delay in the completion of the whole project but we will work hard to make up for the lost time”.

The police had handed over investigation to the Department of Occupational Health and Safety (DOSH) and it was reported that DOSH might need about a month to complete their probe, he told Bernama when contacted.

The 24-km long bridge, 16.9 kilometres of which is above water, was originally scheduled to be completed in September, but now it could be delayed to November.
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Mohd Ashari said the ramp which collapsed was Ramp Two linking Batu Maung to the bridge but work on the remaining three ramps had also stopped since last week.

He explained that the bridge had four ramps – Ramp One linking the bridge to George Town, Ramp Two linking Batu Maung to the bridge, Ramp Three linking the bridge to Batu Maung and Ramp Four linking George Town to the bridge.

“Now, we can only resume work after DOSH has completed its investigation on Ramp Two,” he said. -Bernama

Delay anticipated in penang second bridge completion

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NST

11 June 2013| last updated at 09:41AM

SECOND BRIDGE RAMP COLLAPSE: Victim’s family to file suit

 

GEORGE TOWN: THE family of the Second Penang Bridge ramp collapse victim Tajudin Zainal Abidin plans to take legal action against project developer Jambatan Kedua Sdn Bhd (JKSB) and contractor Cergas Murni Sdn Bhd.

Following an article in a local daily, where Sukarelawan Peguam (SukaGuam) chairman Datuk Khairul Anwar Rahmat urged the deceased’s family to act against JKSB and Cergas Murni for alleged negligence, the victim’s brother-in-law Saiful Ramli said: “We will file a suit against the project developer and the contractor as soon as possible.

“Our task now is to identify a suitable lawyer to represent us.”

When contacted yesterday, he said the victim’s family would consider filing the suit either in Penang or Kuala Lumpur, as JKSB’s headquarters was in Kuala Lumpur.

Khairul Anwar said the RM10,000 initial compensation from JKSB was not justified to cover the loss of a life.

He added that the family members would be able to sue both parties for purported negligence after the interchange section collapsed on Thursday, which crushed Tajudin to death while he was driving below the 30m structure in a Perodua Kelisa.

Read more: SECOND BRIDGE RAMP COLLAPSE: Victim’s family to file suit – General – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/font-color-red-second-bridge-ramp-collapse-font-victim-s-family-to-file-suit-1.297887#ixzz2VyqCpR9y

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Malaysiakini

2nd Penang Bridge collapse at last leg ‘frustrating’

Penang Department of Occupational and Safety Health (DOSH) director Mohd Anuar Embi says it is “frustrating” that the ramp collapse happened in the last stages of the RM152 million Batu Maung Interchange project.

He told The Malay Mail yesterday “a lot of time” had been spent on inspecting the construction site under the Kuala Lumpur-based Cergas Murni Sdn Bhd that had a “squeaky clean” record with no reported accidents since work started in 2010.

“It is frustrating because we spent a lot of time inspecting the site. Unfortunately, this happened in the final leg of construction, which is classified as high risk due to the nature of activity.

“Their record is very good. There were no accidents reported in the past. As a safety officer, you try to avoid losses of lives and that is why it hurts when something like this happens.

“We take this seriously as the loss is not only about a life but also a loss to the contractor, the deceased’s family, the public and Malaysia’s image.”

Mohd Anuar said an in-depth investigation would be conducted, adding 13 DOSH investigators, led by him, would scrutinise scaffolding material, support form, maintenance, design, safety system of work, quality of workers, wind factor, and soil and earth movements.

NONEAsked if DOSH had the expertise to study technical matters, including earth movement and wind factor, he said they would engage outside experts to assist in the probe.

“The scope of the investigation is big with a tremendous amount of root causes.”

He said the site, which was under the control of the police, had been surrendered to DOSH yesterday after the authority called off the search and rescue mission to detect any victims trapped under the rubble.

2nd Penang Bridge collapse at last leg ‘frustrating’

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Star

Sunday June 9, 2013

Hundreds turn up to mourn Penang bridge ramp collapse victim

By IVAN LOH
ivanloh@thestar.com.my

In mourning: The late Tajudin’s wife and children pouring scented rose water over his grave during the funeral in Kampung Perlis, Bukit Merah, while other relatives look on. In mourning: The late Tajudin’s wife and children pouring scented rose water over his grave during the funeral in Kampung Perlis, Bukit Merah, while other relatives look on.

IPOH: Hundreds of family members and villagers gathered at Kampung Perlis in Bukit Merah, Taiping, to mourn the death of Tajudin Zainal Abidin.

Tajudin was killed in the Second Penang Bridge flyover ramp collapse after the Perodua Kelisa he was driving was crushed and buried in the mishap.

Many of those present wept openly while some family and friends recalled their moments with the late Tajudin, 45.

His wife Sharifah Ramli, 40, said Tajudin had brought her and their two daughters on a family outing to Taman Belia in Penang about a week ago.

“He took our children to play at the pool there. That was the last time we had gone on a family outing and had happy times together,” she said when met at Tajudin’s funeral yesterday.

“He was a man of few words but always cheerful. I can’t believe that he is gone forever,” said Sharifah.

Former policeman and self-employed businessman Tajudin leaves behind his wife and two children Nur Aini Shazwani, 11, and Nur Ain Maisara, seven.

He was buried at the Masjid Batu 38 cemetery at about 3am yesterday.

Hundreds turn up to mourn Penang bridge ramp collapse victim

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Malaysiakini

Search-and-rescue at bridge collapse site ends

Police and the Fire and Rescue Department ended the search-and-rescue (SAR) mission for victims believed buried in the rubble of a section of an exit ramp under construction at the Second Penang Bridge which collapsed nearby Batu Maung on Thursday, at 6pm today.

penang second bridge collape 060613 01Penang deputy police chief Abdul Rahman Jaafar said the decision was taken after consultations between the police, Fire and Rescue Department and Civil Defence Department.

“We are handing over the crash site to the contractor involved to do cleaning up work,” he told reporters here.

He also said roads in the vicinity of the crash site would be closed until further notice to allow the contractor to carry out the cleaning work without any hindrance and would only be reopened to the public once safety matters  were assured by engineering experts.

Search-and-rescue at bridge collapse site ends

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Free Malaysia Today

Tracker dogs to sniff out more victims

Athi Shankar | June 8, 2013

Though there are no more missing persons reports, police are concerned that there may be foreigners or tourists who had not informed families that they were in Penang.

GEORGE TOWN: After extricating the body of a retired policeman, tracker dogs are being deployed since at the second Penang Bridge-link flyover ramp collapse site to sniff out more possible victims.

Four tracker dogs from the K9 unit from Kuala Lumpur have been deployed, with two each to search for live and dead victims.

The rubble is being cleared in stages while the dogs are being let in at intervals.

“If there’s any indication, they will bark,” said state deputy police chief Abdul Rahim Jaafar.

Tracker dogs to sniff out more victims

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Malaysian Insider

Rescuers continue search at collapsed Second Penang Bridge ramp

June 08, 2013

Rescue workers look on as an excavator removes debris at the collapsed section of the Second Penang Bridge, June 7, 2013. — Picture by KE OoiGEORGE TOWN, June 8 — The search-and-rescue (SAR) mission for victims believed buried in the rubble of a section of an exit ramp under construction at the Second Penang Bridge that collapsed on Thursday, is still ongoing.

Penang deputy police chief Datuk Abdul Rahman Jaafar said so far police had yet to receive any missing person reports from the public.

“We are concerned about the possibility of foreigners being trapped in the rubble who have not been reported missing.

Clearing work is being carried out in stages and four fire department search dogs have been brought to the scene,” he told reporters when met at the scene here today.

He said the Labrador Retriever rescue dogs that were assigned since 8.30am had the expertise to detect whether the victims were alive or dead, but have yet to find new clues.

“Information received also varies… some say there is a motorcycle trapped in the rubble, but during the clearing operation we did not find fragments of the machine,” he said.

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Star

Saturday June 8, 2013
Four tracker dogs on scene of collapse

Four tracker dogs on scene of collapse

Four tracker dogs from the Kuala Lumpur K9 unit have arrived at bridge ramp collapse scene to sniff out possible victims. The dogs, of Labrador breed, have specific tasks – a pair each to sniff out survivors and the deceased.

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Liked · 17 minutes ago

被第二大桥高架桥身倒塌后压到的Kelisa已经被拖出来了!

After the second bridge in viaduct collapsed on Kelisa have been dragged out of the! (Translated by Bing)
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死者的车子还被夹在里面,死者已经被转移到槟城中央医院太平间进行解剖,目前警方并没有掌握死者的身份

Inside the victim’s car was caught in the deceased were transferred into Penang central hospital morgue for autopsy, the police and does not have the identity of the deceased (Translated by Bing)
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Star

Saturday June 8, 2013

In George Town, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng expressed disappointment over the pace of rescue operations at the site, describing the effort as “not effective”. “It is more like clearing (work) rather than rescue work,” he told reporters during a visit to the collapsed site.

Lim said it was necessary to hold a post-mortem on the procedures involved the rescue work.

“The authorities need to look into not just why the ramp collapsed but also on the rescue work involved,” he said.

Lim said a senior engineer needs to be entrusted to lead the rescue and clearing operation as it is an engineering problem.

Panel to probe collapse of second Penang bridge

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Sundaily

Collapse of 2nd Penang Bridge shows risk management weakness

GEORGE TOWN (June 8, 2013): The risk management of a project must be scrutinised to prevent incidents like the collapse of the exit ramp of the Second Penang Bridge on Thursday.

This is because the collapse involved the lives of road users in the Bayan Lepas industrial area which is a busy route with thousands of people commuting to their place of work.

Why was the route not closed or diverted away from the construction site and why does the public have to take risks to pass under the concrete ramp which was under construction?

Engineering Expert and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) School of Civil Engineering dean Prof Ahmad Farhan Ahmad Sadullah said every construction project must take into account and study in-depth risk management involving the public, workers and project.

He told Bernama here, three main items which should be scrutinised deeply when implementing any construction project, were the technical aspect, environment aspect and risk management aspect.

Collapse of 2nd Penang Bridge shows risk management weakness

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One dead in 2nd Penang Bridge collapse

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Rescue team extracting trapped victim

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NST

08 June 2013| last updated at 12:52AM

SECOND BRIDGE RAMP COLLAPSE: Victim laid to rest in hometown

GEORGE TOWN: Shariffah Ramli did not suspect anything amiss when she was caught in a jam following the collapse of the Second Penang Bridge ramp on Thursday evening, while searching for her husband Tajudin Zainal Abidin

Shariffah, 40, said that it was when she heard about a Perodua Kelisa stuck under the rubble, she felt something was not right.
“I asked Ladin (Tajudin’s brother) to check. Later, when the photograph of the broken number plate spread in cyberspace, my worst fears were confirmed,” said the factory worker who appeared calm when interviewed late last night at the Penang Hospital Mortuary.
Shariffah said the last time she heard from her late husband was when he spoke to their eldest daughter Nur Aina Shazwani over the phone at 6.45pm, asking what she wanted for dinner.
“By 8pm, he still had not come home, and that was when I went searching for him,” she said, adding that calls to both his handphone’s went unanswered.
Tajudin leaves behind Shariffah, and daughters Nur Aina Shazwani, 11 and Nur Ain Maisara, seven.
Tajudin will be at the Batu 39 Muslim Cemetery in Bukit Merah, Perak, following the post mortem performed at Penang Hospital.

Read more: SECOND BRIDGE RAMP COLLAPSE: Victim laid to rest in hometown – Latest – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/latest/font-color-red-second-bridge-ramp-collapse-font-victim-laid-to-rest-in-hometown-1.296232?cache=03D163D03edding-pred-1.1176%2F%3FpFpentwage63Dp%3A%2Fhe3D03Dn63Frea-rti3D19.3D163D03edding-pred-1.1176%2F%3FpFpentwage63Dp%3A%2Fhe3D03Dn63Frea-rti3D19.111w5ii%2Fed-1.1176%2F%2F2.2525%2F2.2525%2F1.33120%2F7.183815%2F7.185498%3Fkey%3DMalaysia%2F7.288047%2F7.288059%2F7.301067%2F7.301067%2F7.301067#ixzz2VfkwfdhQ

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23h

Buat pencacai umno..jambatan pp ke 2

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NST

06 June 2013| last updated at 12:36AM

SECOND BRIDGE RAMP COLLAPSE: “I was inches away from certain death”

GEORGE TOWN: R. Thilashantini, 24, had a close shave with death when she and her passenger missed the 30-metre wide ramp from the Second Penang Bridge in Batu Maung collapsed, by inches.

Relating the scariest moment of her life, the nurse attached to the Penang Hospital said a steel from the ramp hit the left side of the car, but fortunately it missed her passenger G. Gajashaantini, 24, by several inches.

The left side of her Perodua Myvi was damaged.

“I was just three seconds away from the ramp when the structure suddenly collapsed.”

“We saw a motorcyclist overtook us just before the structures collapsed, I don’t know what happened to him,” said Thilashantini, who was shaken by the incident.

The 30-metre wide ramp collapsed at about 6.45pm.

At least a car and two motorcycles are believed  trapped in the rubble.

G. GajashaantiniRead more: SECOND BRIDGE RAMP COLLAPSE: “I was inches away from certain death” – Latest – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/latest/font-color-red-second-bridge-ramp-collapse-font-i-was-inches-away-from-certain-death-1.295279?cache=03%3Fpage%3D0%2F7.193132%3Fpage%3D0%2F7.240792%3Fpage%3D0#ixzz2VdkvYCx6

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7 Jun

Police: The body found in a car under the collapsed 2nd Penang Bridge ramp was identified as Tajudin Zainal Abidin, 45, a former cop.

Three people were injured and so far, only one victim was confirmed killed in the incident.

Malaysian Insider

Body removed from collapsed bridge site

By Opalyn Mok
June 07, 2013

Fire and rescue officer taking a body away from the site of the collapsed Second Penang Bridge in Batu Maung, Penang, June 7, 2013. – Picture by K.E. OoiGEORGE TOWN, June 7 — A body trapped underneath the rubble of the collapsed ramp of the Second Penang Bridge in Batu Maung, Penang, was pulled out at 8.40pm this evening and sent to the Penang Hospital for post mortem.

Penang deputy police chief SAC Datuk Abd Rahim Jaafar said the family of the victim will have to identify him at the Penang Hospital.

A few minutes after the body was removed and whisked away in black body bag in a police truck, a man, believed to be the victim’s brother, fainted and was taken away in an ambulance.

The group of family members also followed the police truck with the body to the hospital.

Abd Rahim said it is possible that the man who fainted had identified the victim through the clothes he was wearing.

The police and Fire and Rescue Department personnel will continue to search the site for any other possible victims under the debris.

“There is only one body in the car that we removed from the rubble,” he said.

The deceased is believed to be former cop Tajudin Zainal Abidin, but Abd Rahim said the family members will only make a positive identification later tonight.
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The collapsed ramp is part of the Batu Maung Interchange project, which is Paqckage 3A of the Second Penang Bridge project undertaken by local contractor Cergas Murni.

Bridge concessionere Jambatan Kedua Sdn Bhd (JKSB) and the Penang Island Municipal Council both ordered the contractor to stop work immediately.

Body removed from collapsed bridge site

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Yb sim bersama isteri mangsa Jambatan runtuh di GH..

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Liked · 10 minutes ago

Condolences to the family of the decease of the second penang bridge incident…….RIP

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Lim Guan Eng was in the collapse area of the second penang bridge until 5am!

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DECIDING WHO IS TO BLAME: IS IT IMPORTANT?

Fingers have already been pointed at UEM (United Engineers Malaysia) and  UEM has come out with a denial and details.

Malaysiakini

UEM Builders distances itself from 2nd Bridge collapse
12:04PM Jun 7, 2013

UEM Builders Bhd today disassociated itself with the collapse at the construction site of the Second Penang Bridge, saying it is not the main contractor.

According to Bernama, UEM Builders said in a statement here it is only responsible for the superstructure works of approach spans on the bridge (Package 2) and was not involved in constructing other parts of the bridge.

azlan“Thus it is not and has no relation with the contractor appointed to construct Package A, the Batu Maung Interchange,” UEM Builders said.

The statement also provides the list of project descriptions and contractors involved in the project.

Sourced from Jambatan Kedua Sdn Bhd’s website, the list shows that the contractor for Package 3A is Cergas Murni Sdn Bhd.

The statement was issued following news reports that said UEM Builders is the main contractor for the bridge.

UEM Builders distances itself from 2nd Bridge collapse

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Free Malaysia Today

Bridge collapse: Stop the blame game

Athi Shankar | June 7, 2013

Meanwhile the Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) has called on the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) to also investigate the incident.

GEORGE TOWN: Gerakan wants an independent “no holds barred” probe into the collapse of a uncompleted flyover ramp connecting the in-progress second Penang Bridge in Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway at Batu Maung last night.

Penang Gerakan secretary Dr Lim Boon Ben also called on all quarters to stop playing the blame game over which authority should be held responsible and accountable for the tragic incident.

“It is imperative to get to the bottom of the root causes that led to the collapse of the ramp, which caused deaths and injuries,” he said in a statement here today

He added that the authorities should also reevaluate the structures of the second bridge proper and the ramps to ensure safety.

Dr Lim said an independent body, preferably with foreign reputable consultants, should conduct both the studies.

He said three levels of government were involved in the construction of the bridge and the ramps.

Firstly, the federal and state governments are responsible for supervision, while local authorities such as public works department (PWD) and Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP) monitor the construction works.

“Public safety is of paramount importance. Whoever was responsible should take the responsibility,” insisted Dr Lim.

The 30-metre wide flyover ramp structure collapsed at about 7.20pm on yesterday,  according to eyewitnesses.

Four people are feared dead but until now there is no official confirmation from the authorities.
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The collapsed portion was part of Package 3A of the Second Penang Bridge project.

Jambatan Kedua Sdn Bhd (JKSB) public relations and communications department deputy manager Azizi Azizan has revealed that the incident occurred while concrete pouring works were ongoing.

“It collapsed when the scaffolding supporting the area gave way,” he said, adding that investigation was still going on.

Until now the search and rescue team is yet to dig out any corpse although it is feared several people may have been buried alive under the rubble.

Bridge collapse: Stop the blame game

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23h

Police have identified the owner of the Perodua Kelisa trapped under a collapsed ramp of the 2nd Penang Bridge as Rohaizad Md Sofar, 43.

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Penang Bridge International Marathon2013 will be held on 17Nov on 2nd Bridge,despite tragedy that happened yesterday at B.Maung interchange

Police: The body found in a car under the collapsed 2nd Penang Bridge ramp was identified as Tajudin Zainal Abidin, 45, a former cop

MANGSA RUNTUHAN MAUT DI DALAM KERETAGeorgeTown, 7 Jun – Polis hari ini mengesahkan penemuan mayat seorang lelaki berusia lingkungan 40-an di dalam timbunan runtuhan tanjakan konkrit susur keluar Jambatan Kedua Pulau Pinang di Lebuhraya Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu di sini.Timbalan Ketua Polis Pulau Pinang Datuk Abdul Rahim Jaafar berkata pasukan penyelamat menemui mayat lelaki itu dalam keadaan tunduk di tempat duduk pemandu tanpa penumpang lain.”Adik mangsa dalam perjalanan ke sini untuk membuat pengecaman sama ada mayat itu adalah abangnya. Kita ada menerima laporan berhubung kehilangan anggota keluarga daripada seorang individu di Batu Maung,” katanya pada sidang akhbar di sini.Beliau berkata setakat ini hanya satu mayat ditemui di dalam timbunan runtuhan konkrit itu dan percaya tiada mangsa lain terlibat dalam kejadian berkenaan.”Usaha untuk mengeluarkan mayat yang tersepit sedang dijalankan. Kita menghadapi sedikit kesulitan berikutan timbunan konkrit dan besi yang masih berada di tempat kejadian,” katanya. – BERNAMA

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Malaysiakini

Police confirm one dead in 2nd Bridge collapse
2:23PM Jun 7, 2013

Police have confirmed that the victim still trapped under the rubble of a ramp link for to the Second Penang Bridge that collapsed bridge has died.

NONEAccording to Penang deputy CPO a 43-year-old Malay man was found in the driver’s seat of a Kelisa that has yet to be extricated from the site as the operations is still under way.

The police cannot confirm if there are any further casualties beneath the rubble.

Earlier, the Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) issued a stop work order on the construction of the Second Penang Bridge following the collapse of a section under construction last night.

NONEMPPP engineering director Adnan Mohd Razali served the order on main contractor Jambatan Kedua Sdn Bhd’s project manager and to Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) today.

The order requires the two parties to stop all construction work at the site.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan visiting the site of the accident today said the stop work order will be effective until the contractor ensures the  project is safe.

Lim expressed disappointment with the rescue efforts but blamed the procedures rather than the police or fire department.

Police confirm one dead in 2nd Bridge collapse

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Malaysiakin

UEM Builders distances itself from 2nd Bridge collapse
12:04PM Jun 7, 2013

UEM Builders Bhd today disassociated itself with the collapse at the construction site of the Second Penang Bridge, saying it is not the main contractor.

According to Bernama, UEM Builders said in a statement here it is only responsible for the superstructure works of approach spans on the bridge (Package 2) and was not involved in constructing other parts of the bridge.

azlan“Thus it is not and has no relation with the contractor appointed to construct Package A, the Batu Maung Interchange,” UEM Builders said.

The statement also provides the list of project descriptions and contractors involved in the project.

Sourced from Jambatan Kedua Sdn Bhd’s website, the list shows that the contractor for Package 3A is Cergas Murni Sdn Bhd.

The statement was issued following news reports that said UEM Builders is the main contractor for the bridge.

The interchange ramp of the Penang Second Bridge, which is under construction at Lebuhraya Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu here, collapsed about 7.15pm yesterday.

UEM Builders distances itself from 2nd Bridge collapse

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Malaysian Insider photo

Rescue and construction workers stand atop the collapsed section of the Second Penang Bridge in George Town on June 7, 2013. — Picture by K.E. Ooi Rescue and construction workers stand atop the collapsed section of the Second Penang Bridge in George Town on June 7, 2013. — Picture by K.E. Ooi Read More

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LATEST: NO ONE DIED, THREE HURT.

Penang deputy police chief Abdul Rahim Jaafar regretted news portal reports that four people were killed in the incident.   

BUT he is reported to have said that someone has been spotted inside the car trapped under the rubble, but gave no response. Is he dead?

Using the Search Camera, the victim was spotted in a green Kelisa. A partial vehicle registration plate bearing the numbers ’437′ was discovered near the car.

“Part of the victim’s body can be seen, but there was no response,” said Penang deputy police chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Jaafar.

LOOK AT THE PHOTO. COULD ANYONE SURVIVE THAT?

7 Jun

: A crushed Perodua Kelisa after a 30-metre wide ramp of the 2nd Penang Bridge collapsed. ” RIP

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Read the reports below for a fuller picture…

Sundaily

Victim spotted, rescue operation in progress

GEORGE TOWN (June 7, 2013): More than 12 hours after the initial search and rescue operation at the location of the Second Penang Bridge ramp collapse, the team has managed to locate a victim under the rubble.

Using the Search Camera, the victim was spotted in a green Kelisa. A partial vehicle registration plate bearing the numbers ’437′ was discovered near the car.

“Part of the victim’s body can be seen, but there was no response,” said Penang deputy police chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Jaafar.

He also said that the team of 300 personnel is waiting for the heavy machinery to cut through the 280 tonnes of steel and concrete rubble to extract the victim.

“We need to cut the concrete piece by piece and rescue the victim trapped within,” he said, expressing hope that this will be done by the evening.

“It is not an easy task, as it involves various quarters including the police, fire department, and civil defence department,” Abdul Rahim added.

At Press time, three victims have been rescued in the aftermath which occurred at about 6.35pm yesterday.

Abdul Rahim also called on the public to make a report if their family members or relatives have gone missing since last night.

Victim spotted, rescue operation in progress

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Malaysiakini

Police confirm three hurt in Penang collapse

Three people were hurt by falling concrete and steel girders when the interchange ramp of the Second Penang Bridge collapsed last night.

Two of the victims were construction workers Slamat, 36, from Indonesia and Tin Maung Iwin, 39, from Myanmar.

NONEBoth were admitted to Penang Hospital and reported to be in stable condition.

Penang deputy police chief Abdul Rahim Jaafar said the foreign workers were working at the project site when the incident occured at about 7.15pm.

The other person hurt was Thilasheni Rajendran, 24, who was hit by falling debris on the hand.

Thilasheni who was driving managed to stop her car about two metres away from the scene of the collapse.

Her friend Gajashaantini Gajanujan, 24, who also was in the car escaped unhurt.

Police confirm three hurt in Penang collapse

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7 Jun

2nd Penang Bridge Ramp Disaster on the front page of The STAR!

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Four feared dead in 2nd Penang Bridge ramp collapse

Click on the link to watch the video

http://youtu.be/z0lM5Z3bjzM

http://youtu.be/z0lM5Z3bjzM

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CBT Online

Second Penang Bridge ramp collapses, 4 feared dead

Written by , Published on June 6, 2013 11:58 pm,

At press time, fire and rescue personnel have spotted a body from under the rubble.

A silver-coloured Kelisa crushed under the rubble with four are feared to be inside the vehicle
when the under construction ramp collapsed.
(Pic by Sim Tze Tzin)

(Pic by Sim Tze Tzin)

http://www.cbt.com.my/2013/06/06/2nd-penang-bridge-ramp-collapses/

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7 Jun

RT : 2nd Penang bridge collapsed 1

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Only In Malaysia shared a video.
CLICK ON THIS LINK TO WATCH THE VIDEO!

Batu Maung Second Bridge has Collapsed .


In Penang, eyewitnesses are saying the second bridge has collapsed – as this video reportedly depicts.One resident reports one to two cars are buried under the rubble.
目前正在兴建中的槟城第二大桥, 靠近檳島峇都茅的橋身骨架,在今日傍晚大约6时30分突然坍塌,根據初步消息,意外发生壓到一辆車子。慶幸無人傷。这工程是国阵在位时批的,中标公司可能又是豆腐渣公司吧!

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6 Jun

CM arrv. Been briefed tht a kelisa stucked under. Phase 3A by Contractor Cergas Murni total RM152mil

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NST

BAYAN LEPAS: Four people are confirmed dead while two construction workers were seriously injured when a three-tiered ramp connecting Penang Second Bridge collapsed at 7pm tonight.

Rescuers had earlier spotted a smashed white Perodua Kelisa buried underneath the rubbles.

Police  later confirmed the four people travelling in the car were dead.

The 800m stretch on both directions of the Bayan Lepas Expressway are now being cordoned off to facilitate movement of rescue vehicles.

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2nd Penang Bridge Ramp collapse (30m span fell) at Batu Maung – four in car found dead…!

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Only In Malaysia shared a video.
CLICK ON THIS LINK TO WATCH THE VIDEO!

In Penang, eyewitnesses are saying the second bridge has collapsed – as this video reportedly depicts.One resident reports one to two cars are buried under the rubble.
目前正在兴建中的槟城第二大桥, 靠近檳島峇都茅的橋身骨架,在今日傍晚大约6时30分突然坍塌,根據初步消息,意外发生壓到一辆車子。慶幸無人傷。这工程是国阵在位时批的,中标公司可能又是豆腐渣公司吧!

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Watch the Malaysiakini video

Penang’s second bridge collapses

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4 dead?

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23h

2nd Penang Bridge collapses during construction… [pic] —

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23h

Penang bridge 2 collapsed at 7 in the evening. 2 cars and a motorbike allegedly stuck underneath.

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Malaysiakini

Portion of 2nd Penang bridge collapses, 4 dead

Video | 0:40 mins

An uncompleted ramp leading to the second Penang bridge, which is still under contruction, at Batu Maung collapsed at about 7pm today, burying two cars and a motorcycle under the rubble.

The police has confirmed that four passengers in a white Perodua Kelisa were killed while rescue workers have confirmed that the motorcyclist has been rescued, but suffered head injuries.

penang bridge collapse 060613Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tzin, who was at the scene shortly after it happened, said that the ramp collapsed while reinforcement works were in progress.

“This is the worse construction-related accident to happen in Penang,” said Sim, who happens to be a trained civil engineer, when contacted.

Hundreds of rescue workers are at the scene and are removing debris in an attempt to reach those who might still be in the trapped vehicles.

The ramp is located along the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway, and the accident has caused a massive traffic jam.

Portion of 2nd Penang bridge collapses, 4 dead

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ABN News | Eng

Four crushed to death in car when section of flyover linked to 2nd Penang Bridge collapses

GEORGE TOWN: Four persons in a white Perodua Kelisa have been found crushed to death where a section of a flyover connecting to the 2nd Penang Bridge collapsed near Batu Maung here this evening.

Earlier a motorcyclist was pulled out alive from the rubble.

As of 9.30pm, fire department officers have said a second car was believed to be trapped under the rubble. Dozens of firemen are removing the debris comprising mostly steel bars and scaffolding to get to the car.

The motorcyclist who was pulled out had injuries on his head.

Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tzin, who was at the scene, said about a 30m-long span of the flyover was believed to have collapsed around 7.15pm, as work to install concrete boulders to strengthen the structure was ongoing, Star Online reported.

http://news.abnxcess.com/2013/06/four-crushed-to-death-in-car-when-section-of-flyover-linked-to-2nd-penang-bridge-collapses/

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Latest

Astro Awani

Part of 2nd Penang Bridge collapses; one car buried under rubble

A concrete slab of about 30 metres and weighing more than 1,000 tonnes, crashed to the ground, according to fire and rescue assistant commissioner Mohamad Shoki Hamzah.

The exact cause of the incident, which does not involve any part of the construction over water, is yet to be established.

At least one car, a Perodua Kelisa, is confirmed to be burried under the rubble but it is not known whether anyone is trapped.

A crane is being used to lift the slab, according to Mohamad Shoki. He said that the fire bridgade was rushed to the scene at about 7pm.

http://english.astroawani.com/news/show/part-of-2nd-penang-bridge-collapses-one-car-buried-under-rubble-15797

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23h

2nd Penang bridge collapsed 2

23h

2nd Penang bridge collapsed 1

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Star update

Updated: Thursday June 6, 2013 MYT 10:12:28 PM

Second Penang Bridge ramp collapses, search for trapped motorists underway (updated)

By IAN MCINTYRE, CAVINA LIM AND TASHNY SUKUMARAN

GEORGE TOWN: A ramp leading to the still-under-construction second Penang bridge at Batu Maung collapsed at around 7pm, and a car and two motorcycles are believed to be trapped under the debris.

Fire and Rescue Department still trying to ascertain if there are any people trapped under the rubble.

Motorist R. Thilasheni, 24, who was in a car with her friend G. Gajashaantini, 24, during the time of the incident said she was “only about three seconds away from when the ramp collapsed”.

Gajaashaanthini said a beam fell onto the car, a blue-coloured Myvi in the incident.

Both believed that they saw a motorcyclist trapped under the rubble.
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The collapsed area is just about the width of the road at the stretch in front of the Motorola building.

“Eyewitnesses say one or two cars and a bike were buried, the rescue team of police and the fire department are there clearing debris now,” said Abdul Malik.

Second Penang Bridge ramp collapses, search for trapped motorists underway (updated)

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Photos from NST

Rescuers busy searching for possible victims at the scene after an exit at the Second Penang Bridge in Batu Maung collapsed this evening.

The incident happened at Lebuhraya Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu.

Read more: UPDATE: Penang Second Bridge ramp collapses, victims feared trapped – Latest – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/latest/font-color-red-update-font-penang-second-bridge-ramp-collapses-victims-feared-trapped-1.295254#ixzz2VXQu15vq

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Photos from Malaysian Insider

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23h

2nd Penang Bridge ramp collapse around 7pm today (Pic: BH Penang) 2 cars & a bike buried

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Star

Thursday June 6, 2013 MYT 9:42:13 PM

Second Penang Bridge ramp collapses, search for trapped motorists underway (updated)

By CAVINA LIM AND TASHNY SUKUMARAN

A picture of rescue personnel at the scene of the collapse. Photo by Sim Tze Tzin. A picture of rescue personnel at the scene of the collapse. Photo by Sim Tze Tzin.

GEORGE TOWN: A ramp leading to the still-under-construction second Penang bridge at Batu Maung collapsed at around 7pm, burying a car and two motorcycles under the debris.

Fire and Rescue Department still trying to ascertain if there are any people trapped under the rubble.

According to Batu Maung assemblyman Datuk Abdul Malik Abul Kassim, the crossing at the construction site at the landing of the second bridge collapsed around 7pm.

Abdul Kassim said the temporary supports on the bridge collapsed when concrete work was being carried out.
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“Eyewitnesses say one or two cars and a bike were buried, the rescue team of police and the fire department are there clearing debris now,” said Abdul Malik.
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Firemen are removing the debris to reach the motorist and motorcyclists believed pinned under the rubble.

Police have deployed traffic policemen to direct traffic as the incident has caused a severe traffic jam along the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway

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23h

2nd Penang Bridge collapse.

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23h

Hot news!!!! 2nd Penang Bridge Collapse..

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Astro Awani

Part of 2nd Penang Bridge collapses; one car buried under rubble

BATU MAUNG: Part of the under construction second Penang bridge near Batu Maung collapsed early this evening.

A concrete slab of about 30 metres and weighing more than 1,000 tonnes, crashed to the ground, according to fire and rescue assistant commissioner Mohamad Shoki Hamzah.

The exact cause of the incident, which does not involve any part of the construction over water, is yet to be established.

At least one car, a Perodua Kelisa, is confirmed to be burried under the rubble but it is not known whether anyone is trapped.

A crane is being used to lift the slab, according to Mohamad Shoki. He said that the fire bridgade was rushed to the scene at about 7pm.

http://english.astroawani.com/news/show/part-of-2nd-penang-bridge-collapses-one-car-buried-under-rubble-15797

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23h

: 2nd Penang Bridge under construction near Jalan Batu Maung collapsed. ” Attn:

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NST

06 June 2013| last updated at 08:43PM

Crane toppled near Second Bridge, victims trapped under rubbles

GEORGE TOWN: Several motorists were believed trapped under the rubbles when a crane toppled at the ramp linking Penang Second Bridge this evening.

It is learnt that four vehicles were involved.

The incident happened at Lebuhraya Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu nearby Batu Maung.
Rescuers busy searching for possible victims at the scene after an exit at the Second Penang Bridge in Batu Maung collapsed this evening.Read more: Crane toppled near Second Bridge, victims trapped under rubbles – Latest – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/latest/crane-toppled-near-second-bridge-victims-trapped-under-rubbles-1.295254#ixzz2VX6RB4Q8

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ABN News | Eng

Overhead road link to 2nd Penang Bridge collapses
Firemen at the scene of the collapse near Jalan Batu Maung. Photo by Sim Tze Tzin taken from Facebook.
Firemen at the scene of the collapse near Jalan Batu Maung. Photo by Sim Tze Tzin taken from Facebook.

GEORGE TOWN: The overhead road under construction near Batu Maung here which is supposed to be the road link to the 2nd Penang Bridge has collapsed.

Details are still sketchy but one unconfirmed report said one or two cars are under the rubble. The incident happened at Lebuhraya Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu near Batu Maung.

Firemen were seen at the scene trying to clear the rubble. The collapse occurred at about 7.15pm.

The portion of the overhead road under construction that collapsed. Photo by Andrew Chong from Twitter.

The portion of the overhead road under construction that collapsed. Photo by Andrew Chong from Twitter.

http://news.abnxcess.com/2013/06/overhead-road-link-to-2nd-penang-bridge-collapses/

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23h

: Scaffolding collapsed on 2nd Penang bridge.

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Malaysian Insider

Section of Second Penang Bridge collapses

By Opalyn Mok
June 06, 2013

GEORGE TOWN, June 6 — A section of the second Penang bridge which is under construction at Batu Maung here collapsed at around 6.50pm.

The section of about 60m in length had collapsed onto the Jalan Batu Maung below it and a car is believed to be buried under the debris.

The Fire and Rescue Department personnel are now digging through the debris to ascertain if anyone is trapped under the collapsed bridge.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/section-of-second-penang-bridge-collapses/

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Sinchew

Second Penang Bridge to be completed September

2013-01-23 14:29

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 23 (Bernama) — The Penang second bridge is expected to be completed in September, more than two months earlier than the set deadline, the Finance Ministry announced today.

Deputy Minister Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai said the RM3 billion bridge was currently 90.15 per cent complete, ahead of 2.92 per cent.

“The ministry is closely monitoring the progress of the 24km-long bridge to ensure it is completed within the set deadline,” he said in a statement today.

Lim said Penangites would particularly benefit from the bridge which would improve public transportation and overall quality of their life after completion.

Project concessionaire, Finance Minister Incorporated wholly-owned Jambatan Kedua Sdn Bhd was established on July 9, 2008 to build, manage, operate and maintain the bridge linking Batu Kawan on the mainland with Batu Maung on Penang Island.

Second Penang Bridge to be completed September | My Sinchew

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It’s a good video but if you have been on the Penang Bridge, this is similar.

jkr second penang bridge.flv

http://youtu.be/PHlApi3dsdQ

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